Ursula is Director of Program Management at Avalanche Biotechnologies. Her responsibilities include implementing and continuous adaption of the Program Management support for the organization and recruiting experienced Program Managers that will thrive in a high risk environment. Prior to her role at Avalanche Biotechnologies, Ursula was the single Program Manager at Geron, a role that also included design of diagnostic biomarker plans and expanding outsourcing responsibilities. Prior to joining Geron, Ursula spend 9 years at Genentech/Roche at first managing the human tissue bank and academic collaborations until she joined the central PMO as Project Manager. During her years as project manager Ursula supported over 15 preclinical and clinical programs, including 3 IND and one sBLA filing. Furthermore, she supported strategic development of disease area strategies and assessment of rare disease indications. Even during her tenure at Genentech Ursula’s assignments often included new disease areas or innovative product entities in Oncology, Immunology, Infectious and Metabolic diseases. Ursula holds a Dr. Vet. Med from the University in Berlin, PMP and Stanford Advanced PM certification.